Summer Picnic in St Cloud

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It’s no secret that I love picnics. And with the current heatwave in Paris almost every evening has allowed us to enjoy dining alfresco, as it’s just too hot to eat inside. On weekdays, I pack up something simple and head to the banks of La Seine or to the big grassy open spaces of Place Breuteuil. Come weekends, I love to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris and picnic in the countryside.

We’ve been spending long lazy afternoons at Parc St Cloud lately. The location is perfect, just on the outskirts of Paris, so not too far in the car. It’s an ideal picnic spot with its lush green open spaces, long vistas and ever expansive trees to shelter under the sun (it’s also a great spot for a morning run.) The beauty of St Cloud is that it’s big enough to find your own little spot and feel as if you have the place to yourself. Last weekend, inspired by a recent trip to Barcelona, I wanted to fill the picnic basket with big green leafy salads, juicy olives, tomatoes, jamon and good oils. Trading the Spanish Cava for a good old Rosé Champagne.

After a market shop at my local market Marché Saxe Breteuil and a quick stop by our local boutique champagne house, I prepared a chicory, avocado, radish and cucumber salad, with olives and tomatoes to serve à part. Unfortunately, we managed to eat all the Barcelona style belotta belotta ham I bought on Friday night from Le Grand Epicerie (what can I say? That stuff tastes too good!) so I cooked a large piece of organic Irish salmon from the market fishmonger. Everything was set up, champagne chilled and ready to go, until four persistent wasps decided they really liked the look of our picnic…So in between trying not to get stung and coming up with wasp-repeller solutions, I managed to snap a few photos…

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